Students in Dr. Laura Cripps’ physical anthropology/archaeology class this past spring had a unique opportunity to help excavate and conserve a site of historic significance right in their own backyard. Historical research and fieldwork conducted in advance of the construction of the James and Anne Robinson Nature Center of Howard County demonstrated evidence of a community settlement associated with the once prosperous 18th and 19th centuries Simpsonville Mill, including excavated artifacts associated with general store merchandise such as pipe stems, Mason jar fragments, and a Maryland Biscuit Company cookie box. In addition to hands-on training in archaeological methodologies that benefited both the students and the site, HCC students engaged in service learning as tour guides for local middle school students and public visitors to the nature center.
For the fourth consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named HCC one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, as well as placed HCC on its selective Honor Roll. This national recognition is based on the results of a survey completed by 46,946 employees at 294 colleges and universities in the United States. HCC is the only community college in Maryland to have been selected four times in a row, and is one of only three community colleges in the U.S. to be placed on the prestigious Honor Roll this year. To read the complete article, visit www.chronicle.com/academicworkplace.
The Center for Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence (CEBE) hosted its 13th “rocket marketing” event this past spring with students from the entrepreneurship and creativity class pitching their innovative business ideas in three-minute presentations to a juried panel, friends, family, and members of the HCC and business communities. First place went to Aaron Guiliano and his “Betheir Bear,” a concept for personalizing long distance video communications that developed from his experiences serving overseas in the military. Scoring a close second was Tyler Hagen’s “Nuts 2.0” business plan for creating roasted peanuts that can be consumed with the shell for increased nutritional value and reduced waste. The evening also showcased products and services from several students who have been actively developing their businesses through the CEBE. Guest judges for the event included Jeff Agnor of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, and Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. HCC event organizers and student coaches included Betty Logan, business and technology program administrator; Betty Noble, associate professor, entrepreneurship and coaching, and CEBE director; and Roger Weber, assistant professor, entrepreneurship.
As a capstone to the 2011-12 academic year, 11 students shared their outstanding projects and research in HCC’s 4th Annual Honors Conference. Students from the college’s distinctive honors programs – Schoenbrodt Honors, Rouse Scholars, and STEM Scholars – presented on diverse topics ranging from “The Physics of Baseball” to “Rhetorical Shifts of Lyndon B. Johnson” to “The Motivational Servant Leader” to “Winogradsy Columns,” just to name a few. Conference scholars included Fahad Ayyaz, Katherine Dunklee, Erendorj Enkhbat, Will Fetchko, Violet Haya, Emily Long, Jeffrey Ly, Timothy Powling, Joshua Romanchuk, Jake Rotter, and Barret Wessel.
Faculty sponsors: Betty Anderson, associate professor, mathematics; Dr. Hanael Bianchi, assistant professor, history; Dr. William Brown, professor, chemistry; Claudia Dugan, instructor, Spanish; Denise Hise, adjunct faculty, science and technology; Ryna May, associate professor, English; Dr. Helen Mitchell, professor, philosophy; Russ Poch, professor, physical science; Jean Sonntag, adjunct faculty, English/world languages; Dr. Loretta Tokoly, associate professor, mathematics; and conference planners: Greg Fleisher, associate professor, sociology; Stacy Korbelak, assistant professor, English; Ryna May; and Laura McHugh, Rouse Scholars freshman coordinator.